Yearly Archives: 2011

Small Business Trucking Executive Tells Congress of Flaws in Hours Proposal

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In testimony before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, James Burg, president of James Burg Trucking Co., said proposed changes to the federal hours-of-service were unwarranted and would harm small businesses nationwide. "These changes, if finalized, would have a profoundly negative impact on small businesses, would restrict productivity and would…

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Trucking Groups Call on NHTSA to Examine Truck Crashworthiness Standards

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American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association together called on the federal government to begin researching standards for crashworthiness for heavy trucks. "NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but to date has generally not applied crashworthiness standards to commercial trucks," the two groups wrote in a June…

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FMCSA Survey Shows Increase in Safety Belt Use

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New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data that shows 78 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore safety belts while operating behind the wheel in 2010, compared to 74 percent in 2009. According to FMCSA's Safety Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey, the number of commercial drivers that are wearing safety belts…

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Nursing Homes Use Antipsychotic Drugs Unnecessarily

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Nursing homes are giving antipsychotic drugs to patients who don’t need them, according to a new government report.  In a study of Medicare cases, the Health and Human Services Inspector General found that “antipsychotic drugs were given to nursing home residents "unnecessarily" over 300,000 times between January and June 2007.”  More than half of those…

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NTSB Forum on Truck Safety

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The National Transportation Safety Board has come together with federal regulators, safety experts, and the truck and bus industry representative to discuss ways fatal accidents can be prevented, and to examine why past safety recommendations were never enacted. In recent years fatal accidents involving big trucks have dropped, but more needs to be done. According…

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Nursing Homes Need Medicare to Stay Fully Staffed

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Washington DC’s The Hill newspaper points out that nursing homes may be nervous about budget cuts. The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care released data this week stating that nursing homes “create more jobs nationwide than any other healthcare employer except hospitals.” They hope this information will have some affect as Congress looks to Medicare…

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Grocery Spill Closes LA Freeway

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Families traveling for Easter weekend celebrations were delayed after a Vons grocery truck accident caused the shutdown of the 5 freeway last Saturday.  All southbound lanes near Norwalk Boulevard were closed as California Highway Patrol diverted traffic.  At around 10AM, the truck hit the center divider and sent debris flying on the road as it…

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Nursing Assistant Arrested for Financial Exploitation

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Vermont authorities have arrested a nursing home employee for 16 counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and attempted financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.   The 36 year old woman was a licensed nursing assistant at Thompson House Nursing Facility, made cash withdrawals of several thousand dollars and attempted other withdrawals using the…

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Sacramento Nursing Home Fire

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Sacramento’s Crestwood Manor Nursing Home caught fire this morning prompting the evacuation of 72 people just around 8AM. The long-term care facility is next to UC Davis Medical Center and has capacity for 130 residents. The cause of the two-alarm blaze is under investigation; the building’s sprinkler system was activated when the fire started and…

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